Hello gardening friends, welcome to Backyard
Basics. A lot of plant material to pick from here in Central Texas and around the area.
Lots of beautiful flowers like these Dianthus right here and these are just a few of the
many, many choices of Dianthus that are available out there. And so I brought a few to talk
about today. I like them a lot, they do very well for me, they’re very easy to grow. So
I’ll show you some of the types that we have around here. All of these are low growers.
So here is the Carmine Rose, look at that pretty color on that one, just a gorgeous
when you need a little red or Carmine color in the garden this is perfect right here.
Now here is another one this next one called parfait, this is super parfait and this is
a raspberry color and you can see the multiple layers in there of the different colors on
these things. There’s another series called floral mix, I brought a couple of them here.
The floral mix, look at that beauty, look at all that color and they bloom a whole lot
from spring way in to fall and even the mild winters here in Central Texas keep them going.
They really like these kinds of temperatures. So floral lace that’s a beauty right there,
I really like them and the floral lace comes in an assortment of colors. Look at this one,
really pretty. Look at that two-toned color right there. I just love it. One of the things
you see about these is that the edge is, looks like the pinking shears did that it really
does look like that. You know the word pink actually comes from Dianthus that’s where
that word came from. They’re called little pinks and it came from, there are several
terms, one of them in The Bible is called the Pentecost (SP?) and during that time they
were in full bloom and as a result they picked up this name pink and so we share that name
for other colors these days. Here’s another series right here these are called talstar.
Here’s a nice salmon color, look at these beautiful little colors that you can combine
out there. Here’s some whites, maybe on the edge of a garden and your night garden you’d
put the whites out there and now that would mark the trail on both sides. Silver plants
do it too but these little guys would make a great edge for that night garden and it’s
a beauty. You know they have that nice fragrance, it’s kind of what people call a spice or a
nutmeg type of fragrance, it’s really, really neat. Here’s another one of the talstar this
is a pink one. Look at that beautiful little pink flowers. Here’s another of that same
talstar series, this is a scarlet colored one. That’s a beauty right there. Let me see,
this the talstar purple. That’s another great little color you can see when they’re in mass
they become a very, very pretty little flower nice collections. They can be spaced in the
garden about 6 or 8 inches apart. They do spread rather nicely so putting a few in a
container is a good way to do it; I grow mine in containers and they just go and go and
go. The container or the garden needs to be a well draining soil, it will not tolerate
a heavy clay. So you’ve got to work on the soils drainage, I think that’s very important
and then all you have to do is top-dress them with a little compost. Some people will use
a liquid fertilizer to promote more blooms but in reality a little bit of compost grows
these beauties. They’re really low maintenance. The maintenance that is required though would
be deadheading. If you want to keep them flowering and flowering you’ve got to remove some of
the old spent buds like these right here. So you take a little pruning shear or pinking
and go in there and cut it, and take these guys off. That will stimulate many more blooms
and the cycle of blooms last a lot longer and they really bloom the whole season. So
this is a great choice and look at the hype on these. They’re going to be a variety of
heights for your garden. Some for the foreground, some middle and some for the background like
these carnation right here. Probably the most important one of the different types of Dianthus
but Dianthus, the word comes from ‘dias’ and it means, and there are other interpretations
here but it’s about the god Zeus’ first naming of it and ‘anthus’ means flower. So these
are the flowers of God. This is that type of term related to these little flowers and
not matter how it’s interpreted it always goes back to the flowers of God. So these
are great choices for your garden and the flowers are eatable, they can be crystallized,
you can use them in anyway and I think they’d have that wonderful nasturtium (SP?) type
of a flavor. So if you’re looking for a little plant for your rock garden, containers, or
just to trim out the garden, I think Dianthus are a great choice for us here in Texas. For
Backyard Basics I’m John Dromgoole, I’ll see you next week.